John Gottschall (Jr.)


Webmaster's Note: This is from the Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania, 1898. Page 742.

One [of John Gottschall's children] was John Gottschall [Jr.], father of our subject, who was also a native of Berks county, and was educated in German, but could not read or write English. Until he attained his majority he followed lumbering with his father, and then spent a short time in New York State, after which he located near Williamsport, Lycoming county, Penn., where he engaged in lumbering until 1841. Coming to Gallagher township, Clinton county, he bought 150 acres of timber land, which he cleared, cultivated and greatly improved, and continued to make his home until called to his final rest in July, 1862, his remains being interred in the Caldwell cemetery. He was a kind husband and father, and a true friend. With the Lutheran Church he held membership, and gave his political support to the Democratic party.

John Gottschall was twice married, his first wife being Miss Kate Sherman, who was born at Muncy Creek, Lycoming county, died in 1849, and was buried in Caldwell cemetery. The following children constituted their family: John, now a resident of ; three who died in infancy; Thomas, of Lock Haven, Penn.; Solomon, a wagon manufacturer of Williamsport; Abram, who lives in the West [Oklahoma?]; Jacob; Mrs. Catharine Baker, a widow lady; Samuel, of Tyrone, Penn. [near Altoona]; Rebecca, wife of Frederick Piper; and two others who died in infancy. Mr. Gottschall's second marriage was with Christina Hartzock, widow of Joseph Fritz, and the mother of Henry Fritz, of Gallagher township, Clinton county.